Opening Day for the 2021 season is set for Thursday, April 1. The Angels will begin the season at home against the Chicago White Sox, but everyone is wondering if the upcoming campaign is Albert Pujols’ final year in the MLB.
Albert Pujols’ wife says 2021 will be her husband’s final major-league season
Deidre Pujols had the MLB world on fire when she posted on social media that the 2021 season would be Albert Pujols’ final major-league season. The 10-time All-Star responded to his wife’s post with three heart emojis.
“Today is the first day of the last season of one of the most remarkable careers in sports!” Deidre Pujols wrote Monday on Instagram. “I’m talking about my husband @albertpujols who since the time he was a child would eat, sleep, and breathe this sport. I have had the privilege to walk out 23 years of this baseball journey and it is with such a full heart that I speak a blessing over him as he finishes this good race!”
Pujols is entering the final year of a 10-year, $240 million contract. He is scheduled to make $30 million in 2021, his 21st season in the majors and 10th with the Angels.
During the shortened 2020 season, Pujols batted .224 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 39 games. LA went 26-34 and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.
After Deidre Pujols’ social media post went viral, she changed her statement two times. Now, it’s unclear if Albert Pujols is thinking about retiring.
Albert Pujols is undecided about whether he will retire after 2021
According to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Albert Pujols is undecided about whether he will retire after 2021. The slugger’s wife updated her Instagram post two times after her initial one.
The first edit by Deidre Pujols read, “Today is the first day of the last season (based on his contract) of one of the most remarkable careers in sports!” She then changed it to, “THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF PUJOLS RETIREMENT I’M JUST TRYING TO SEND MY HUSBAND WITH BLESSINGS INTO 2021 SEASON.”
One of the best hitters in MLB history, Pujols is 41-years-old. It’s doubtful any team will sign the three-time MVP in free agency since he’s no longer a good hitter. With that being said, it wouldn’t shock anyone in MLB circles if Pujols decides to retire following the end of the 2021 season.
Since signing with the Angels in 2011, Albert Pujols is batting .257. He’s hit 217 home runs and drove in 771 runs.
The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer
Entering the 2021 season, Albert Pujols ranks fifth all-time in home runs (662) and third in RBIs (2,100). He spent the first 11 years of his major-league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, earning nine All-Star appearances and three NL MVP awards.
Pujols also helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 2006 and 2011. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day.
While it has been tough to watch Albert Pujols look like an average hitter the past couple of seasons, MLB fans will never forget how dominant he was during his prime.